The100So, this show is now several episodes in and so far, despite my initial fears it would be some sort of tween-style show with a sci-fi dressing, it has proven its worth. It asks some interesting questions of what it means to be human, and how far people will go to both survive, and protect those they love.

Without wanting to spoiling the show, the basic premise is that what’s left of the human race is stuck on a space station following a devastating nuclear war. Crime – almost any crime – is punishable by being ‘floated’ – namely, being chucked out of an airlock into space. The only exception to this rule is that under-18s are not executed, but held as prisoners.

With the station in a state of decay and then need to both ease the population and discover if earth is safe, 100 teenagers and young people (all of them responsible for crimes of varying degrees) are sent to the surface, where they must discover if earth is survivable. They must not only contend with the dangerous wilderness that earth has now become, but also with each other, as a power struggle ensues.

To make matters worse, they end up (largely through their own actions) cutting themselves off from the orbiting arc, and just to further muddy the waters, they soon discover they are not alone.

The show is quite compelling. The characters are quite varied, with differing ideas of what constitutes strength, courage and loyalty. On the Arc, they have to contend with dwindling oxygen and a struggle to survive versus remembering their humanity. On the ground, they have to somehow find unity before their rivalries and tensions boil over to the point of self-destruction. Every character has something to add to the show and I am thoroughly enjoying it thus far!

So, my site has been up and running for a couple of weeks now, and so it’s time to look at the breakdown.

As of the time of this post, Stardestroyer.net has contributed the greatest number of views to my site (with 13), Big Footy is close behind with 11 referrals, Starfleet Jedi is in third place with 8, Twitter is next with 7, then there’s a bit of a gap to fifth place with iMDB contributing only 4 views. Facebook follows with 3, then, bizarrely, it’s Facebook again with 2 (not altogether sure what’s going on there), search engines have only led to one view, and finally, Movellas has yielded 1 view.

By country, the United States is way out in front, contributing 71 views. Britain is next with 53, then Australia with 19. Canada is fourth with 8, Finland are next up with 4, and Denmark and Ireland are both on 1.

It’ll be interesting to see who’s still leading at the end of the month!

I recently advertised (for lack of a better word) my site on the forums at StarfleetJedi, and I would like to thank Mike DiCenso for his feedback thus far on my ‘versus’ pages. I hope to address his feedback at some stage in the not-so-distant future.

It’s always nice to hear from people about how your site or blog is progressing. Feedback – whether positive or negative – means you no longer feel like you’re operating in a vacuum.

It’s also nice to get feedback which isn’t simply ‘you suck!’ Constructive criticism is far more valuable than anything, even (or perhaps especially) praise.

Hopefully, as I expand my site and its pages, I shall be lucky enough to receive further feedback – and hopefully, I will find the time to act on it!

So there I am, thinking to myself as the working day slowly draws to a close, that the day has gone well, that the store will be tidy and that everything is upstraight.

I could not have been more wrong.

Having been rocked by the news that a thoroughly nice man I knew had died, I didn’t think anything would happen to rival this. Instead, four chavvy scumbags swept into the store, stole three tablet PCs and tried to steal two more. I tried to stop them but four against 1… well, the odds were not in my favour.

I wonder if thieving little shits like the ones who struck last night realise just how scummy they actually are. They’re cowardly chicken-shits, too afraid to get jobs or be civilised men so they resort to smash-and-grab raids for drug money. I hope they get caught, and that the book is thrown at them.

This morning I received a tearful phone call from the wife of a man I knew, via work, for the past five years, informing me that this gentleman had passed away. I was stunned, and saddened, to learn of his passing.

I can’t claim to have known him thoroughly, as I knew him mostly via his being a customer of the store (and occasionally I would go round his house to help him set up his laptop/printer, or solve a tech problem), but what I did know of him is that he was a good man, a proud father and grandfather, and that his death has shocked me. I hadn’t seen him for a few months but this was not unusual – sometimes I wouldn’t hear from him for ages. It occurred to me the other day that I’d not seen him, and sadly, now I know why.

I was touched that his wife got in touch to tell me though. She didn’t have to, and in return I hope I can offer support to her if she needs it, in any way shape or form. God speed friend, God speed.

Retail2It seems that customers are under the mistaken impression that I can alter the system – including the company website – if they complain about it long enough. They are also under the misguided belief that showing up to collect a reserve-and-collect order before they’ve had confirmation it’s arrived is going to mean the order will be available anyway.

I fear that I will be ranting at length about work as this blog evolves. It certainly isn’t my plan to do so, but work, sadly, forms a large part of all our lives, dominating our daily routine, so it’s inevitable that, as and when problems arise and stress builds up, rants will appear.

Time for a deep breath, and here’s to de-stressing a little at the weekend!

After struggling to drop off to sleep (a problem of mine lately), I finally do so, only to end up dreaming about getting a new tattoo (the Rebel symbol from Star Wars), only for the tattooist to cock it up. All of a sudden the scene shifts and I’m Nigel Mansell, on the phone to Ron Dennis, and then I’m taking a bunch of schoolkids on a tour of London.

My subconscious really does love to process the day’s activities in bizarre and strange ways.

I don’t usually go too nuts about upcoming films. Yeah, there are a few I’ve been excited by (Star Trek 09, Star Trek into Darkness, Revenge of the Sith, The Avengers), but as a golden rule I don’t go nuts for films.

That said, there is one film I am very keen to see next year – and no, it’s not Star Wars.

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I can’t say I’ve been too much of a follower of Marvel comics. Sure, I was aware of most of the characters, but the whole saga was on the edge of my awareness.

Since seeing the first Iron Man film back in 2008, I’ve developed more of an interest in this little universe Marvel are building. Whilst not every film has been amazing, they have generally been good, and the ambitious project will reach eleven films when Age of Ultron comes out.

I am very much looking forward to this film, though first I need to get around to seeing Guardians of the Galaxy!

Goodbye Robin Williams

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I awoke this morning to the shocking and sad news that comedic genius and all-round great actor Robin Williams had passed away. News outlets are reporting that he took his own life after a long battle with depression.

It’s such a shame. Williams was a naturally funny man who gave us the manic and dazzling Genie in Aladdin, the cross-dressing Mrs Doubtfire, and heartfelt performances in films like Patch Adams and What Dreams May Come. He was brilliant in Bicentennial Man and lets not forget Toys, Jumanji and The Birdcage.

I wish his family well, and hope they can somehow come to terms with this terrible loss. Rest in Peace Robin.